Difficulties surround the Spanish team before the opening match

The process of preparing for the first match at EURO 2020 between Sweden and Spain was badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with two players having tested positive.


Spain captain Sergio Busquets was infected with COVID-19. Photo: AFP

Spain captain Sergio Busquets was infected with COVID-19. Photo: AFP

Last week, captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, followed by defender Diego Llorente.

However, speaking at a recent press conference, coach Luis Enrique affirmed that the entire Spanish team is focused and determined to overcome the current difficulties towards a successful campaign to conquer EURO 2020.

Mr. Enrique said: "When suddenly something unexpected happened, it clearly had an effect. There was a sense of insecurity and anxiety. Imagine, after a good season, you can't make it to the tournament. Once every four years, it's like EURO. However, all problems have been solved. I have rarely seen team morale as high as now. I believe in good things waiting for us. It's time to fight. ".

With the epidemic situation, Spanish players also cannot participate in closed meetings about opponent analysis. In addition, some Spanish players also have to be vaccinated against COVID-19, raising concerns about possible side effects before the game.

In a time when things were deteriorating, coach Enrique received positive signals when re-tests showed that Busquets could return for Spain's second match against Poland. For him, the absence of seasoned midfielder Sergio Ramos because of injury has greatly affected the whole team. Therefore, a person who understands traditional Spanish football like Busquets when returning will create a positive effect for young players. Under coach Enrique, many players are in extremely impressive form, including Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres, Gerard Moreno and Alvaro Morata.

The Swedish team poses for a photo with a sign that reads "Get Well Christian" during a training session at La Cartuja stadium in Seville, Spain, June 13, 2021. Photo: AP

The Swedish team poses for a photo with a sign that reads "Get Well Christian" during a training session at La Cartuja stadium in Seville, Spain, June 13, 2021. Photo: AP

With the current force and form, it is clear that Spain is more appreciated than Sweden. Not to mention, the Nordic team itself is also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg will not be able to attend the first match. In addition, coach Janne Andersson's team may also be at a disadvantage when playing in sunny weather in Seville - where temperatures are expected to be 27 degrees Celsius on the day of the match.

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